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Headmaster's News, Friday 18th June, 2021

Jun 18, 2021


18th June 2021

  

Dear Parents

Manor Adventure

We travelled down to Shropshire on Bank Holiday Weekend for an action-packed weekend at Manor Adventure. We were the only school on site which really allowed the children the freedom to enjoy the space. It was an excellent experience for the children who were able to develop their teambuilding skills and try out some activities for the first time. They also showed determination and bravery in overcoming their fears on activities like the high ropes and abseiling. The children really rose to the challenge and took full advantage of every opportunity. A huge thank you to Mrs Jones for organising the trip and to Mrs Morrice, Ms Eccles and Miss Catherall for their support throughout the weekend.  

Sasha’s (6H) recount of her time at Manor Adventure 

Manor Adventure was such fun and it was hard to figure out which activities I liked best.  I really enjoyed the underground maze!  It was like a journey through the sewers!  Even though it was muddy and extremely wet, I loved it.  We were all wet through after crawling and running through water. We also learnt some cave facts. Kayaking and canoeing were also amazing!  We played ‘tig’ and a ball game in boats.  Just like the underground maze, everyone was soaked and some of us even fell in!  I probably enjoyed kayaking more as I felt a lot safer and was able to turn and move easily. Overall, I enjoyed Manor Adventure a lot and would love to go again.  It was so much fun and the people working there were really kind and funny.   

New Nursery Playground

We opened our new Nursery playground before half-term. The children couldn’t wait to explore the reading corner, castle and garden. A big thank you to Mr Forrest who has worked incredibly hard creating this beautiful area for our children. 

Sports News

Pre-School Sports Day and Infant Sports Day

It was lovely to see our Pre-School and Infant children taking part in Sports Day this week. For many, it was their first experience and from their smiles, cheers and excitement they certainly enjoyed it! They took part in all the traditional events from the hurdles through to the egg and spoon race. The children worked really well as a team, supporting and encouraging each other. They were rewarded for their efforts with a medal and an ice lolly! Congratulations to all the children who took part and thank you to Mrs Parsons and Mrs Botton for organising these events.  

National Success

Congratulations to Naina, 4J, who won the National Team Tennis Finals with Lancashire U9s. A fantastic half-term achievement. Well done! 

Oakhill Cricket

Before half-term, Year 6 had their first competitive match of the season against Oakhill. We played Kwik Cricket, with the boys trying to amass as many runs as possible in a limited amount of overs. They also had to protect their wickets with good defensive shots as every out is counted as -5 runs. In the first match, the boys demonstrated really good technique, with a range of scoring strokes, which forced Oakhill onto the defensive. Oakhill fought back and, with two wickets in the last over, just managed to hold on for the win. In the second game, each pair of batters faced nine balls. Highfield attacked well with the bat and ran well between the wickets and scored a good total. Oakhill struggled to chase the score and with some tight accurate bowling from all the Highfield players, we managed to hold on for a win. Overall, an excellent afternoon of cricket with both schools winning a game apiece. We are now looking forward to our game next week against Rossall School. 

Future Fixtures 

All the Year 6 girls are playing in a Rounders match v Sedbergh School on Wednesday 23rd June in Games. Also, a small group of Year 6 pupils will be taking part in a Sports Festival on Tuesday 29th June at the UClan Arena.  

Final week of sports clubs is the week commencing Monday 5th July. 

Summer Uniform Reminder 

If you would like your child to wear a summer hat, please remember that it must be the school hat which can be purchased from Monkhouse. Please make sure your child has named sun cream in school. No sunglasses should be brought into school. 

Open Day

We held a School and Nursery Open Morning on the Sunday before half-term where a number of prospective parents booked tours of the school. All parents were incredibly impressed by the standard of work on display. Congratulations to all children for your achievements this year and for your beautiful and accomplished work on display, I am very proud of you all.  

Musical Assembly 

Today was our last Musical Assembly of the year; it has been fantastic that we have been able to have two of these events during this time and we are delighted with the enthusiasm and talent of our musicians. There were eleven pupils taking part from Year 3 to Year 6 and, for several of them, this was their first public performance which was watched live on Teams by the rest of the school.  

In many ways, the events of recent times have resulted in lessons and performances being conducted remotely and, although this has not been ideal, the children’s dedication to their instruments is an absolute credit to them. Leo was playing for the first time. He had taken advantage of the time in the first lockdown to teach himself the piano via an app. His talent and commitment to the piano was very evident in his lively performance of ‘The Entertainer’. 

In Year 6, Genevieve, Hasan and Rohan were playing for their final time at Highfield; it has been a joy to watch their progress over the years and we hope that they will continue their musical journey in their next schools.  Miss Macklam  

Tempest    

Tempest Photography will be coming to school on Monday to take class photographs.

Children should come to school in summer uniform, if they have PE on Monday please send trainers too.

Merit Awards 18.6.21

RB: Thea  1D: Krisha  2E: Khadijah  2W: Muhammad

3D: Scarlett  3M: Rajdeep  4J: Malaaikah 5M: Sophie  6H: Arianna  6P: Anshi

 

Yours sincerely

 

J M Duke

Headmaster  

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Aristotle